E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An illusory fancy, a wild, incongruous scheme, a castle in the air. Homer describes the chimæra as a monster with a goats body, a lions head, and a dragons tail. It was born in Lycia, and was slain by Bellerophon. (Greek, chimaira, a shegoat.)